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* ''FanFic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'': Amanda's parents are [[ParentalNeglect outrageously neglectful]] toward her. Amanda herself claims that [[ParentsAsPeople they are just busy people]] who simply don't have time for her. Over the course of the story, it becomes clear that they do have time and money to spend on Amanda, but they ''choose'' not to. After they coldly reject her Christmas present and make her cry, and then straight up [[KickTheDog admit that they only kept her to get an inheritance]] does it become clear they have no love for their daughter.


* Sora Shiun'in from ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. He's blunt, insanely smug about his skills, and boasts about his Fusion skills being vastly superior to those of Leo Duel School. But he is willing to teach Yuzu how to Fusion Summon, even putting in a lot of effort to see her improve. But then he reveals his past in a duel with Kurosaki: [[spoiler:he was indeed part of the Fusion faction that destroyed his hometown and hunted down his allies.]] And not only that, but he did it for fun. [[spoiler:At least, until he defected the Fusion faction for Yuya and Yuzu.]]


* ''Manga/DGrayMan'''s Yu Kanda may have a superlatively depressing past involving [[spoiler:being used as a guinea pig by the Black Order and being forced to fight to the death with his best friend]], but he's still a [=Jerkass=]. [[spoiler:Informing him that said best friend is ''not'' dead gets very little reaction.]] Actually even before the tragic event of the flashback, he was already an obnoxious child.
** While Kanda may have been this for the vast majority of the series so far, he subverts it towards the end of the Alma Karma arc. [[spoiler:And with his return to the Black Order in chapter 207, his newfound JerkWithAHeartOfGold status is further reinforced.]]
*** [[spoiler: JerkWithAHeartofGold is a bit too much. Kanda has shown to be capable of concern over other than himself but "heart of gold" certainly not]]

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* [[spoiler:Marilyn Batson]] from ''Film/Shazam2019''. [[spoiler:She mentions how she was 17-years-old when she had Billy, and after so many hardships, she leaves him behind with the police because she apparently wanted what was best for him. However, she refuses to give affection towards Billy and never even bothered to make sure he was sent to a stable environment, so it eventually becomes clear that she didn't care whether Billy was safe or not and just desperately wanted him out of her life. Billy, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold in contrast]], [[FamilyOfChoice is finally able to move on from her and fully accept his foster family.]]]]


* [[spoiler:Marilyn Batson]] from ''Film/Shazam2019''. [[spoiler:She mentions how she was 17-years-old when she had Billy, and after so many hardships, she leaves him behind with the police because she apparently wanted what was best for him. However, she refuses to give affection towards Billy and never even bothered to make sure he was sent to a stable environment, so it eventually becomes clear that she didn't care whether Billy was safe or not and just desperately wanted him out of her life. Billy, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold in contrast]], [[FamilyOfChoice is finally able to move on from her and fully accept his foster family.]]]]


* [[spoiler:Marilyn Batson]] from ''Film/Shazam2019''. [[spoiler:She mentions how she was 17-years-old when she had Billy, and after so many hardships, she leaves him behind with the police because she apparently wanted what was best for him. However, she refuses to give affection towards Billy and never even bothered to make sure he was in a stable environment, so it eventually becomes clear that she didn't care whether Billy was safe or not and just desperately wanted him out of her life. Billy, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold in contrast]], [[FamilyOfChoice is finally able to move on from her and fully accept his foster family.]]]]

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* [[spoiler:Marilyn Batson]] from ''Film/Shazam2019''. [[spoiler:She mentions how she was 17-years-old when she had Billy, and after so many hardships, she leaves him behind with the police because she apparently wanted what was best for him. However, she refuses to give affection towards Billy and never even bothered to make sure he was in sent to a stable environment, so it eventually becomes clear that she didn't care whether Billy was safe or not and just desperately wanted him out of her life. Billy, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold in contrast]], [[FamilyOfChoice is finally able to move on from her and fully accept his foster family.]]]]


* [[spoiler:Marilyn Batson]] from ''Film/Shazam2019''. [[spoiler:She mentions how she was 17-years-old when she had Billy, and after so many hardships, she leaves him behind with the police because she apparently wanted what was best for him. However, she refuses to give affection towards Billy and never even bothered to make sure he was in a stable environment, so it eventually becomes clear that she didn't care whether Billy was safe or not and just desperately wanted him out of her life.]]

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* [[spoiler:Marilyn Batson]] from ''Film/Shazam2019''. [[spoiler:She mentions how she was 17-years-old when she had Billy, and after so many hardships, she leaves him behind with the police because she apparently wanted what was best for him. However, she refuses to give affection towards Billy and never even bothered to make sure he was in a stable environment, so it eventually becomes clear that she didn't care whether Billy was safe or not and just desperately wanted him out of her life.]] Billy, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold in contrast]], [[FamilyOfChoice is finally able to move on from her and fully accept his foster family.]]]]


* [[spoiler:Marilyn Batson]] from ''Film/Shazam2019''. [[spoiler:She mentions how she was 17-years-old when she had Billy, and after so many hardships, she leaves him behind with the police because she wanted what was best for him. However, she refuses to give affection towards Billy and never even bothered to make sure he was in a stable environment, so it eventually becomes clear that she didn't care whether Billy was safe or not and just desperately wanted him out of her life.]]

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* [[spoiler:Marilyn Batson]] from ''Film/Shazam2019''. [[spoiler:She mentions how she was 17-years-old when she had Billy, and after so many hardships, she leaves him behind with the police because she apparently wanted what was best for him. However, she refuses to give affection towards Billy and never even bothered to make sure he was in a stable environment, so it eventually becomes clear that she didn't care whether Billy was safe or not and just desperately wanted him out of her life.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Tywin Lannister occasionally says something that might indicate that he's not as bad as people think but he usually tells them in no uncertain terms his entirely pragmatic reasons for saying it if he's questioned about it.
* Anthony Cooper, Locke's dad from ''Series/{{Lost}}''. He is able to screw Locke over again and again because he's very good at faking PetTheDog moments. To say nothing of the whole Sawyer incident.
* ''Series/{{Best Friends Whenever}}'': Shelby belives she was responsible for The Rob being the jerk he is now when she found out he had a crush on her once and she unknowingly turned him down. After accidentally creating an {{Alternate Timeline}} where she dated him whilst trying to undo her mistake, it turns out he was a jerk all along.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Dr. House. Just when it looks like he's about to PetTheDog he'll add a moment of unbelievable [=jerkassery=]. Some people (in story and out) believed that his crankiness is because of his leg problem -- and then it's shown that he was a jerk even before that. He has later gone through therapy, gotten clean, and has become slightly but consistently less of a jerk who even starts subconsciously manipulating others to their own benefit, rather than his own.
* Happens to Barney often in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', and usually it's Lily who temporarily thinks he's done something caring. For example, the time he's detailing all the subtle signs that indicate that a nearby girl at the bar has been recently crying, and he seems sympathetic at first, but it turns out he's just analyzing her vulnerability to being manipulated into sex.
** There's a particularly good example in one Thanksgiving episode. Ted and Robin decide to help out at a homeless shelter on the holiday, where they find that Barney is the model volunteer there in his spare time. They spend the entire episode completely dumbfounded by the fact that he is capable of good deeds [[spoiler: until they discover that he's there as part of court-mandated community service for drunkenly urinating on a church.]]
--> '''Ted:''' You ''are'' evil!
--> '''Robin:''' All is right with the world!
** Also, in one episode he tells his friends how he went to see the woman who broke his heart years ago, and quite wistfully talks about how she's a mother now, how she was sorry for what she did to him, and how all he has is a closet full of suits and a string of one-night stands. When his friends show sympathy towards him, he laughs and says that what he meant was that she had become incredibly lame and he is still awesome, [[KickTheDog reveals that he had sex with her afterwards and secretly recorded the tryst, and then forces his disgusted friends to listen to her moans and screams.]]
** "The Scuba Diver" play is based pretty much entirely on this. In one of the most magnificent MagnificentBastard plots Barney's ever conceived, he tells Lily in advance about a play he's going to run, which she uses by getting a friend to pretend to fall for it in order to steal the Playbook. Then he announces that he's going to run a play called "The Scuba Diver," which Marshall notes isn't anywhere in the book, piquing their curiosity. They run down to the bar to inquire about it, and he only points out his target, who Lily decides to warn off. But after the rest of the gang relates the story to the girl, they still want to know what the play is, so they approach Barney, who starts in on some spiel, stops, and says some stuff about how the plays were just a way to get his mind off his breakup with Robin. Then Lily talks Barney up, saying he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and he leaves with the girl, then texts the gang telling them to look under the table, where the play is taped to the underside, describing all of this. All that just to invoke this trope.
* On ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' this was, perhaps, the crucial difference between Al Swearengen and Cy Tolliver, both [=jerkasses=] capable of incredible cruelty. Al might not have qualified as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but little moments sprinkled through the series suggested that he really did care about Trixie, Dan, Jewel, etc. Cy, on the other hand, even when he tries to seem caring, comes across as faking it so people will continue to do what he wants. His Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk qualities lead to disloyalty among some of his people.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Tywin Lannister occasionally says something Sunny Capaduca on ''Series/FifteenLove''. Occasional PetTheDog moments aside, anything decent that might indicate Sunny did was inevitably revealed to have sinister motives, while her usual persona was half SpoiledBrat half CreepyChild.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' usually has whoever is in charge of either CTU or someone else in the government be a [[ObstructiveBureaucrat complete pain in the ass]] for several episodes before either revealing
that despite their controversial decisions they are in fact a good person trying to do their best to stop the terrorist attack of the day, or undergoing a tough set of circumstances that ultimately sees them become more sympathetic. Then Day 5 comes in and gives us Miles, who is brought in from Homeland Security to take over CTU after it gets hit by a terrorist attack. He follows the usual pattern: gets in the way of Jack and Chloe, gets Bill Buchanan fired from CTU, and generally acts like a dick. But his Homeland partner [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Karen Hayes]] insists that when the chips are down he is someone who can be counted on, and when it comes down to it brings him into the loop so he can help expose [[spoiler: President Logan]] as the true mastermind of Day 5, and it looks like he's not as bad as people think but going to mellow out. [[spoiler: Instead, he usually tells them in no uncertain terms his entirely pragmatic reasons for saying it if he's questioned almost immediately switches sides and destroys the evidence that could expose Logan all so he can get a promotion.]]
* When Peter Dragon, the [=Jerkass=] protagonist of ''Series/{{Action}}'', finds out that he might have cancer, he gives a touching speech to God
about it.
* Anthony Cooper, Locke's dad from ''Series/{{Lost}}''. He is able
wanting to screw Locke over again see his daughter grow up and again because he's very good at faking PetTheDog moments. To say nothing of wanting to go out on a hit, and promises to turn his life around. He also throws out a tobacco executive who wants to use product placement to market cigarettes to teenagers. After he finds out that his mole is benign, Peter tracks down the whole Sawyer incident.
executive and makes the deal.
* ''Series/{{Best Friends Whenever}}'': ''Series/BestFriendsWhenever'': Shelby belives she was responsible for The Rob being the jerk he is now when she found out he had a crush on her once and she unknowingly turned him down. After accidentally creating an {{Alternate Timeline}} where she dated him whilst trying to undo her mistake, it turns out he was a jerk all along.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Dr. House. Just when it looks like he's about to PetTheDog he'll add Sheldon on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' held a moment of unbelievable [=jerkassery=]. Some people (in story grudge after Wil Wheaton snubbed him at a convention in TheNineties, and out) believed was determined to get back at him in a [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Mystic Warlords]] [[{{Expy}} of Ka'a]] tournament. During their match Wheaton said that his crankiness is he couldn't make the convention because of his leg problem -- and then it's shown that he was a jerk even before that. He has later gone through therapy, gotten clean, and has become slightly but consistently less of a jerk who even starts subconsciously manipulating others to their own benefit, rather than his own.
* Happens to Barney often in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', and usually it's Lily who temporarily thinks he's done something caring. For example, the time he's detailing all the subtle signs that indicate that a nearby girl at the bar has been recently crying,
grandmother had died and he seems sympathetic at first, but it turns out he's just analyzing her vulnerability had to being manipulated into sex.
** There's a particularly good example in one Thanksgiving episode. Ted and Robin decide to help out at a homeless shelter on the holiday, where they find that Barney is the model volunteer there in his spare time. They spend the entire episode completely dumbfounded by the fact that he is capable of good deeds [[spoiler: until they discover that he's there as part of court-mandated community service for drunkenly urinating on a church.]]
--> '''Ted:''' You ''are'' evil!
--> '''Robin:''' All is right
be with his family. Sheldon forgives Wheaton and throws the world!
** Also, in one episode he
game, then Wheaton tells his friends how him he went to see the woman who broke his heart years ago, and quite wistfully talks about how she's a mother now, how she was sorry for what she did to him, and how all he has is a closet full of suits and a string of one-night stands. When his friends show sympathy towards him, he laughs and says that what he meant was that she had become incredibly lame and he is still awesome, [[KickTheDog reveals that he had sex with her afterwards and secretly recorded the tryst, and then forces his disgusted friends to listen to her moans and screams.]]
** "The Scuba Diver" play is based pretty much entirely on this. In one of the most magnificent MagnificentBastard plots Barney's ever conceived, he tells Lily in advance about a play he's going to run, which she uses by getting a friend to pretend to fall for it in order to steal the Playbook. Then he announces that he's going to run a play called "The Scuba Diver," which Marshall notes isn't anywhere in the book, piquing their curiosity. They run down to the bar to inquire about it, and he only points out his target, who Lily decides to warn off. But after the rest of the gang relates
made the story to the girl, they still want to know what the play is, so they approach Barney, who starts in on some spiel, stops, and says some stuff about how the plays were up just a way to get his mind off his breakup with Robin. Then Lily talks Barney up, saying he's Sheldon's guard down.
** He comes back, too.
--->'''Wil''': What, you think I'd break up
a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and he leaves with the girl, then texts the gang telling couple just to win a bowling match?\\
'''Sheldon''': Well, I guess not...\\
'''Wil''': Good. Keep thinking that.
** Jossed in Season 5, when Wil Wheaton apologizes to Sheldon, causing
them to look under the table, where the play is taped to the underside, describing all of this. All that just to invoke this trope.
* On ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' this was, perhaps, the crucial difference between Al Swearengen and Cy Tolliver, both [=jerkasses=] capable of incredible cruelty. Al might not have qualified as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but little moments sprinkled through the series suggested that he really did care about Trixie, Dan, Jewel, etc. Cy, on the other hand, even
become buddies. He still shows ''some'' meanness however, when a video he tries to seem caring, comes across as faking it so people will continue to do what he wants. His Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk qualities lead to disloyalty among some of his people.recorded almost ended Wolowitz and Bernadette's engagement.



-->'''Lord Flashheart:''' I think I'm beginning to understand.\\

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-->'''Lord --->'''Lord Flashheart:''' I think I'm beginning to understand.\\



* When Peter Dragon, the [=Jerkass=] protagonist of ''Series/{{Action}}'', finds out that he might have cancer, he gives a touching speech to God about wanting to see his daughter grow up and wanting to go out on a hit, and promises to turn his life around. He also throws out a tobacco executive who wants to use product placement to market cigarettes to teenagers. After he finds out that his mole is benign, Peter tracks down the executive and makes the deal.
* In one moment of ''Series/TheMiddle'', lazy teenage guy named Axel is dateless on Valentine's Day. He says he doesn't care because he's with the woman that means the most to him, his mother. His mom is so happy, and then he bursts out laughing and says he can't believe she believed that.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': This is Dr. Cox's view of most people, himself included:
-->'''Dr. Clock:''' Oh, Dr. Kelso's all bluster. I bet underneath it all he's a sweetheart. \\
'''Dr. Cox:''' Oh no, underneath it all he is pure evil. \\
'''Dr. Clock:''' Perry, no one's pure evil, I mean yeah some people have a hard outer shell, but inside everybody has a creamy center. \\
'''Dr. Cox:''' There are plenty of people here, on this particular planet, who are hard on the outside and hard on the inside! \\
'''Dr. Clock:''' So they have more of a nougaty center? \\
'''Dr. Cox:''' Lady. People aren't chocolates. Do you know what they are mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling.
** Dr. Clock then spends the entire episode proving that not only Dr. Cox, but the even bigger jerk Dr. Kelso both [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold are bastard coated bastards with a creamy center.]]
* Finch on ''Series/JustShootMe''. In one episode, he admits to Maya that he has to hide his sensitive side in public. She gives him a hug and he takes the opportunity to feel her up. When she looks shocked, he just smirks and says "it's ''me''!"
* Sheldon on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' held a grudge after Wil Wheaton snubbed him at a convention in TheNineties, and was determined to get back at him in a [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Mystic Warlords]] [[{{Expy}} of Ka'a]] tournament. During their match Wheaton said that he couldn't make the convention because his grandmother had died and he had to be with his family. Sheldon forgives Wheaton and throws the game, then Wheaton tells him he made the story up just to get Sheldon's guard down.
** He comes back, too.
--->'''Wil''': What, you think I'd break up a couple just to win a bowling match?
--->'''Sheldon''': Well, I guess not...
--->'''Wil''': Good. Keep thinking that.
** Jossed in Season 5, when Wil Wheaton apologizes to Sheldon, causing them to become buddies. He still shows ''some'' meanness however, when a video he recorded almost ended Wolowitz and Bernadette's engagement.



* In season 3 of ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', Rebecca tries to convince her coworkers that Nathaniel is this (in practise he actually is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but he's closer to this trope than most.):
-->''He's the new guy, you can't trust him''\\
''He's a bad guy even when he's nice''\\
''Just because you've seen him show an ounce of vulnerability''\\
''Do you think that means he has some secret heart of gold?''
* On ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' this was, perhaps, the crucial difference between Al Swearengen and Cy Tolliver, both [=jerkasses=] capable of incredible cruelty. Al might not have qualified as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but little moments sprinkled through the series suggested that he really did care about Trixie, Dan, Jewel, etc. Cy, on the other hand, even when he tries to seem caring, comes across as faking it so people will continue to do what he wants. His Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk qualities lead to disloyalty among some of his people.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Margaret the Slitheen in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E11BoomTown "Boom Town"]]. She spares a pregnant woman and later when the Doctor is about to lead her to her execution, she brings this incident to prove that she can change for the better. The Doctor correctly deduces that she only did it to counterbalance the murders she committed and is going to. [[spoiler:And indeed, she was trying to destroy the Earth to get back home.]]
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned"]]: At the end, Rickston Slade solemnly thanks the Doctor and gives Mr. Copper a hug, then proceeds to gloat about how rich the ''Titanic'' disaster has made him before leaving.
* Sherlock of ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' warns Watson at one point that if she's looking for his softer, inner personality, she'll be disappointed. He is a jerk, through and through, and the only reason he relates so well with her is that, because he finds her "exceptional", he makes a significant attempt to be personable with her.



%%* And Creator/WilWheaton yet again (hmmm, sensing a pattern) as uber-hacker "Cha0s" on Series/{{Leverage}}, wherein he has no real redeeming moments.
* Sunny Capaduca on ''Series/FifteenLove''. Occasional PetTheDog moments aside, anything decent that Sunny did was inevitably revealed to have sinister motives, while her usual persona was half SpoiledBrat half CreepyChild.
* In the ''Series/WakingTheDead'' episode 'Waterloo' shady property developer Martin Barlow becomes foster father to an orphan [[spoiler: and then raises him to be a mole inside the police force]].
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Both Regina (The Evil Queen) and Gold (Rumpelstiltskin) show signs of this. Both genuinely do care for certain people (Henry and her father for Regina and Belle and Baelfire for Gold), but both often treat these people cruelly (Regina even [[{{Patricide}} kills her father]]). They are also {{Magnificent Bastard}}s who managed to trap all of the fairy tale characters from their world in an IdentityAmnesia curse, both acting for selfish reasons, and every time they have PetTheDog moments it's ruined either in the same episode or in the very next.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' usually has whoever is in charge of either CTU or someone else in the government be a [[ObstructiveBureaucrat complete pain in the ass]] for several episodes before either revealing that despite their controversial decisions they are in fact a good person trying to do their best to stop the terrorist attack of the day, or undergoing a tough set of circumstances that ultimately sees them become more sympathetic. Then Day 5 comes in and gives us Miles, who is brought in from Homeland Security to take over CTU after it gets hit by a terrorist attack. He follows the usual pattern: gets in the way of Jack and Chloe, gets Bill Buchanan fired from CTU, and generally acts like a dick. But his Homeland partner [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Karen Hayes]] insists that when the chips are down he is someone who can be counted on, and when it comes down to it brings him into the loop so he can help expose [[spoiler: President Logan]] as the true mastermind of Day 5, and it looks like he's going to mellow out. [[spoiler: Instead, he almost immediately switches sides and destroys the evidence that could expose Logan all so he can get a promotion.]]
* Mr. Diperna, the bullying junior high assistant principal on ''Series/TheWonderYears''. It's not unusual for Diperna to listen to Kevin's (or someone else's) explanation with a thoughtful look, only to then tear into that person, often for a very minor infraction.
* Jay from ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' switches between this trope and JerkWithAHeartOfGold. At the start of the show, he is mostly this trope, and at the end of third series, he is mostly the latter (by the time of TheMovie, he seems to have become a permanent JerkWithAHeartOfGold). The formula is usually like this: Will thinks Jay has finally done something just slightly thoughtful or said something non-stupid, and Jay proves him wrong or follows the thoughtful action up with something that is definitely assholish. However, it is largely PlayedForLaughs, so Jay is in general more sympathetic than many examples of this trope.
* Sherlock of ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' warns Watson at one point that if she's looking for his softer, inner personality, she'll be disappointed. He is a jerk, through and through, and the only reason he relates so well with her is that, because he finds her "exceptional", he makes a significant attempt to be personable with her.



* The Sheriff of the 2000s ''Series/RobinHood'' series, in his own words. At one point, he tells an underling he suspects of betrayal that a confession might prompt some mercy. "Underneath this harsh surface, I'm deeply sensitive." One confession later, he stabs the guy. "ILied. Underneath this harsh surface, there's just ''more'' harsh surface."
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit had [[Music/BonJovi Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora]] (playing themselves) acting this way toward the [=DeMarco=] Brothers (Chris Kattan and Chris Parnell) when they are auditioning to be backup dancers for the band. After repeatedly insulting the brothers' rehearsal and finally driving them to tears, Bon Jovi and Sambora appear to feel bad about what they have done and call the brothers back... only to tell them to "take [their] boombox and get out." Then they do this to them ''[[YankTheDogsChain three more times]]''. Worst of all, they [[KarmaHoudini get no comeuppance for this]] and the audience [[SadistShow (as always)]] [[NoSympathy just laughs]] at the [=DeMarcos=].
* Margaret the Slitheen in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Boom Town". She spares a pregnant woman and later when the Doctor is about to lead her to her execution, she brings this incident to prove that she can change for the better. The Doctor correctly deduces that she only did it to counterbalance the murders she committed and going to. [[spoiler: And indeed, she was trying to destroy the earth to get back home.]]

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* The Sheriff of the 2000s ''Series/RobinHood'' series, Lou Smith in his own words. At one point, ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' abandoned Will when he tells an underling he suspects of betrayal was only four years old then returns to him fourteen years later to fix their strained relationship. Will openly accepts him and believes that a confession might prompt his father has changed. Then, Lou quickly abandons his son again when some mercy. "Underneath this harsh surface, I'm deeply sensitive." One confession later, he stabs the guy. "ILied. Underneath this harsh surface, there's just ''more'' harsh surface."
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit had [[Music/BonJovi Jon Bon Jovi
"important business" comes up and Ritchie Sambora]] (playing themselves) acting this way toward the [=DeMarco=] Brothers (Chris Kattan and Chris Parnell) when they are auditioning to be backup dancers [[BlatantLies he can't make time for the band. After repeatedly insulting the brothers' rehearsal and finally driving them to tears, Bon Jovi and Sambora appear to feel bad about what they have done and call the brothers back... only to tell them to "take [their] boombox and get out." Then they do this to them ''[[YankTheDogsChain three more times]]''. Worst of all, they [[KarmaHoudini get no comeuppance for this]] his son.]] Lou abandons his son again and the audience [[SadistShow (as always)]] [[NoSympathy just laughs]] at gets the [=DeMarcos=].
* Margaret the Slitheen
most [[{{Tearjerker}} heart-wrenching scene]] in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Boom Town". She spares a pregnant woman and later when the Doctor is series.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Tywin Lannister occasionally says something that might indicate that he's not as bad as people think but he usually tells them in no uncertain terms his entirely pragmatic reasons for saying it if he's questioned
about to lead her to her execution, she brings this incident to prove that she can change for the better. The Doctor correctly deduces that she only did it to counterbalance the murders she committed and going to. [[spoiler: And indeed, she was trying to destroy the earth to get back home.]]it.



* ''Series/{{House}}'': Dr. House. Just when it looks like he's about to PetTheDog he'll add a moment of unbelievable [=jerkassery=]. Some people (in story and out) believed that his crankiness is because of his leg problem -- and then it's shown that he was a jerk even before that. He has later gone through therapy, gotten clean, and has become slightly but consistently less of a jerk who even starts subconsciously manipulating others to their own benefit, rather than his own.
* Happens to Barney often in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', and usually it's Lily who temporarily thinks he's done something caring. For example, the time he's detailing all the subtle signs that indicate that a nearby girl at the bar has been recently crying, and he seems sympathetic at first, but it turns out he's just analyzing her vulnerability to being manipulated into sex.
** There's a particularly good example in one Thanksgiving episode. Ted and Robin decide to help out at a homeless shelter on the holiday, where they find that Barney is the model volunteer there in his spare time. They spend the entire episode completely dumbfounded by the fact that he is capable of good deeds [[spoiler: until they discover that he's there as part of court-mandated community service for drunkenly urinating on a church.]]
--->'''Ted:''' You ''are'' evil!\\
'''Robin:''' All is right with the world!
** Also, in one episode he tells his friends how he went to see the woman who broke his heart years ago, and quite wistfully talks about how she's a mother now, how she was sorry for what she did to him, and how all he has is a closet full of suits and a string of one-night stands. When his friends show sympathy towards him, he laughs and says that what he meant was that she had become incredibly lame and he is still awesome, [[KickTheDog reveals that he had sex with her afterwards and secretly recorded the tryst, and then forces his disgusted friends to listen to her moans and screams.]]
** "The Scuba Diver" play is based pretty much entirely on this. In one of the most magnificent MagnificentBastard plots Barney's ever conceived, he tells Lily in advance about a play he's going to run, which she uses by getting a friend to pretend to fall for it in order to steal the Playbook. Then he announces that he's going to run a play called "The Scuba Diver," which Marshall notes isn't anywhere in the book, piquing their curiosity. They run down to the bar to inquire about it, and he only points out his target, who Lily decides to warn off. But after the rest of the gang relates the story to the girl, they still want to know what the play is, so they approach Barney, who starts in on some spiel, stops, and says some stuff about how the plays were just a way to get his mind off his breakup with Robin. Then Lily talks Barney up, saying he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and he leaves with the girl, then texts the gang telling them to look under the table, where the play is taped to the underside, describing all of this. All that just to invoke this trope.
* Jay from ''Series/TheInbetweeners'' switches between this trope and JerkWithAHeartOfGold. At the start of the show, he is mostly this trope, and at the end of third series, he is mostly the latter (by the time of TheMovie, he seems to have become a permanent JerkWithAHeartOfGold). The formula is usually like this: Will thinks Jay has finally done something just slightly thoughtful or said something non-stupid, and Jay proves him wrong or follows the thoughtful action up with something that is definitely assholish. However, it is largely PlayedForLaughs, so Jay is in general more sympathetic than many examples of this trope.
* Finch on ''Series/JustShootMe''. In one episode, he admits to Maya that he has to hide his sensitive side in public. She gives him a hug and he takes the opportunity to feel her up. When she looks shocked, he just smirks and says "it's ''me''!"
%%* And Creator/WilWheaton yet again (hmmm, sensing a pattern) as uber-hacker "Cha0s" on Series/{{Leverage}}, wherein he has no real redeeming moments.
* Anthony Cooper, Locke's dad from ''Series/{{Lost}}''. He is able to screw Locke over again and again because he's very good at faking PetTheDog moments. To say nothing of the whole Sawyer incident.
* In one moment of ''Series/TheMiddle'', lazy teenage guy named Axel is dateless on Valentine's Day. He says he doesn't care because he's with the woman that means the most to him, his mother. His mom is so happy, and then he bursts out laughing and says he can't believe she believed that.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Both Regina (The Evil Queen) and Gold (Rumpelstiltskin) show signs of this. Both genuinely do care for certain people (Henry and her father for Regina and Belle and Baelfire for Gold), but both often treat these people cruelly (Regina even [[{{Patricide}} kills her father]]). They are also {{Magnificent Bastard}}s who managed to trap all of the fairy tale characters from their world in an IdentityAmnesia curse, both acting for selfish reasons, and every time they have PetTheDog moments it's ruined either in the same episode or in the very next.
* The Sheriff of the 2000s ''Series/RobinHood'' series, in his own words. At one point, he tells an underling he suspects of betrayal that a confession might prompt some mercy. "Underneath this harsh surface, I'm deeply sensitive." One confession later, he stabs the guy. "ILied. Underneath this harsh surface, there's just ''more'' harsh surface."
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit had [[Music/BonJovi Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora]] (playing themselves) acting this way toward the [=DeMarco=] Brothers (Chris Kattan and Chris Parnell) when they are auditioning to be backup dancers for the band. After repeatedly insulting the brothers' rehearsal and finally driving them to tears, Bon Jovi and Sambora appear to feel bad about what they have done and call the brothers back... only to tell them to "take [their] boombox and get out." Then they do this to them ''[[YankTheDogsChain three more times]]''. Worst of all, they [[KarmaHoudini get no comeuppance for this]] and the audience [[SadistShow (as always)]] [[NoSympathy just laughs]] at the [=DeMarcos=].
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': This is Dr. Cox's view of most people, himself included:
-->'''Dr. Clock:''' Oh, Dr. Kelso's all bluster. I bet underneath it all he's a sweetheart. \\
'''Dr. Cox:''' Oh no, underneath it all he is pure evil. \\
'''Dr. Clock:''' Perry, no one's pure evil, I mean yeah some people have a hard outer shell, but inside everybody has a creamy center. \\
'''Dr. Cox:''' There are plenty of people here, on this particular planet, who are hard on the outside and hard on the inside! \\
'''Dr. Clock:''' So they have more of a nougaty center? \\
'''Dr. Cox:''' Lady. People aren't chocolates. Do you know what they are mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling.
** Dr. Clock then spends the entire episode proving that not only Dr. Cox, but the even bigger jerk Dr. Kelso both [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold are bastard coated bastards with a creamy center.]]
* Harry Mudd in ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery''. Unlike the LovableRogue he would become in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', this younger version of him is perfectly happy to spy on his cellmates for the Klingons and steal their food. Later on, he goes murder-happy all over the ''Discovery'' and [[spoiler:spends 54 of his GroundhogDayLoop cycles killing Lorca in increasingly creative (and painful) ways]]. It seems initially that he's just pining for his lost love Stella, but it's eventually revealed that he ''ran away'' from Stella, as he only wanted her father's money. [[ForegoneConclusion It's at least known that]] [[TookALevelInKindness he'll eventually grow out of this]].



* ''Series/TrueBlood'' has Maxine Fortenberry. Once in a while, she'll show her soft side; such as genuinely loving Tommy and attended his funeral and consoled his brother Sam. But Maxine is a very cruel racist person who would rather kill a non-human (vampire, shifter, etc.) with a big smile on her face when given a chance, regardless of who they are. Such as Sam whom she sold out and attempted to murder with the rioting townsfolk in Season 7; despite telling him that he is part of the family a few seasons ago.
* In the ''Series/WakingTheDead'' episode 'Waterloo' shady property developer Martin Barlow becomes foster father to an orphan [[spoiler: and then raises him to be a mole inside the police force]].



* Lou Smith in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' abandoned Will when he was only four years old then returns to him fourteen years later to fix their strained relationship. Will openly accepts him and believes that his father has changed. Then, Lou quickly abandons his son again when some "important business" comes up and [[BlatantLies he can't make time for his son.]] Lou abandons his son again and the audience gets the most [[{{Tearjerker}} heart-wrenching scene]] in the series.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' has Maxine Fortenberry. Once in a while, she'll show her soft side; such as genuinely loving Tommy and attended his funeral and consoled his brother Sam. But Maxine is a very cruel racist person who would rather kill a non-human (vampire, shifter, etc.) with a big smile on her face when given a chance, regardless of who they are. Such as Sam whom she sold out and attempted to murder with the rioting townsfolk in Season 7; despite telling him that he is part of the family a few seasons ago.
* Harry Mudd in ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery''. Unlike the LovableRogue he would become in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', this younger version of him is perfectly happy to spy on his cellmates for the Klingons and steal their food. Later on, he goes murder-happy all over the ''Discovery'' and [[spoiler:spends 54 of his GroundhogDayLoop cycles killing Lorca in increasingly creative (and painful) ways]]. It seems initially that he's just pining for his lost love Stella, but it's eventually revealed that he ''ran away'' from Stella, as he only wanted her father's money. [[ForegoneConclusion It's at least known that]] [[TookALevelInKindness he'll eventually grow out of this]].
* In season 3 of ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', Rebecca tries to convince her coworkers that Nathaniel is this (in practise he actually is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but he's closer to this trope than most.):
-->''He's the new guy, you can't trust him''
-->''He's a bad guy even when he's nice''
-->''Just because you've seen him show an ounce of vulnerability''
-->''Do you think that means he has some secret heart of gold?''

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* Lou Smith in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' abandoned Will when he was only four years old then returns to him fourteen years later to fix their strained relationship. Will openly accepts him and believes that his father has changed. Then, Lou quickly abandons his son again when some "important business" comes up and [[BlatantLies he can't make time for his son.]] Lou abandons his son again and Mr. Diperna, the audience gets the most [[{{Tearjerker}} heart-wrenching scene]] in the series.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'' has Maxine Fortenberry. Once in a while, she'll show her soft side; such as genuinely loving Tommy and attended his funeral and consoled his brother Sam. But Maxine is a very cruel racist person who would rather kill a non-human (vampire, shifter, etc.) with a big smile
bullying junior high assistant principal on her face when given a chance, regardless of who they are. Such as Sam whom she sold out and attempted to murder with the rioting townsfolk in Season 7; despite telling him that he is part of the family a few seasons ago.
* Harry Mudd in ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery''. Unlike the LovableRogue he would become in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', this younger version of him is perfectly happy to spy on his cellmates for the Klingons and steal their food. Later on, he goes murder-happy all over the ''Discovery'' and [[spoiler:spends 54 of his GroundhogDayLoop cycles killing Lorca in increasingly creative (and painful) ways]]. It seems initially that he's just pining for his lost love Stella, but it's eventually revealed that he ''ran away'' from Stella, as he only wanted her father's money. [[ForegoneConclusion
''Series/TheWonderYears''. It's at least known that]] [[TookALevelInKindness he'll eventually grow out of this]].
* In season 3 of ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', Rebecca tries
not unusual for Diperna to convince her coworkers listen to Kevin's (or someone else's) explanation with a thoughtful look, only to then tear into that Nathaniel is this (in practise he actually is person, often for a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, but he's closer to this trope than most.):
-->''He's the new guy, you can't trust him''
-->''He's a bad guy even when he's nice''
-->''Just because you've seen him show an ounce of vulnerability''
-->''Do you think that means he has some secret heart of gold?''
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** Kylo Ren as well. Rey briefly blames Luke for his turn to the Dark Side thinks that she can turn him back to the light. He even rescues her from Supreme Leader Snoke and [[spoiler:they work together to kill Snoke and his guards]]. However, he soon reveals that [[spoiler:he had no plan to return to the Light and only used Rey to [[KlingonPromotion kill and replace Snoke]]. [[WeCanRuleTogether Not that he doesn't offer her to join him]], he just makes it clear that he's already made up his mind about being on the Dark Side.]]

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** Kylo Ren as well. Rey briefly blames Luke for his turn to the Dark Side and thinks that she can turn him back to the light. He even rescues her from Supreme Leader Snoke and [[spoiler:they work together to kill Snoke and his guards]]. However, he soon reveals that [[spoiler:he had no plan to return to the Light and only used Rey to [[KlingonPromotion kill and replace Snoke]]. [[WeCanRuleTogether Not that he doesn't He does offer her a chance to join him]], but he just makes it clear that he's already made up his mind about being staying on the Dark Side.]]


* In ''ComicBook/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'', Phoebe asks Dakota why she bullies her. Turns out that there is no reason for it (beyond mere malice) or [[FreudianExcuse deep-rooted psychological issue that motivates her]]- she's just a jerk who doesn't care or think about how she hurts others. And she's equally cruel to her "friends".



* Pearl Necklace from ''Fanfic/InnerDemons''. She makes a scene at her husband's funeral when Diamond Tiara's friends try to comfort her, then demands to leave before the ceremony's even over.
* ''Fanfic/KaraOfRokyn'': Villain Blackflame, who has always been a manipulative jerkass, befriends Jara and claims to be trying to help her become a best wrestler, but it's soon made clear she is trying to manipulate her into killing Jara's rival and Blackflame's enemy [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]].



* Mike Warner of the Webcomic/WalkyVerse. Although fans [[DracoInLeatherPants would like to think otherwise]], WordOfGod insists that he's just an asshole with [[FreudianExcuse no justification]]. This is somewhat muddled by the fact that he becomes nice when he's drunk. One example of this is when Ethan quits the store and walks out. Mike calls after him to wait, making it seem like he wants him to stay... then simply kicks him in the nuts. "Okay, ''now'' you can go".
* Webcomic/EightBitTheater ''BLACK MAGE.'' He subverts any and all attempts to redeem himself. He found in the Castle of Ordeals that the only thing that could possibly represent the weight of his sins was... himself. He then began to remind his 'evil' self of further atrocities that he had recently accomplished, thus making his doppelganger grow even more powerful, until even it started thinking like Black Mage himself. BM then killed it with a sneak attack, and wondered for a moment if killing the personification of his sins meant that he had cleansed his soul. He then promptly absorbed all the powers of his evil self, gleefully lampshading the fact that this would deny him any chance of redemption later. [[ScrewYourself He then had sex with the corpse]], solely because he wanted to find a way to turn self-love into a crime. Wow.

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* Mike Warner of the Webcomic/WalkyVerse.''Webcomic/WalkyVerse''. Although fans [[DracoInLeatherPants would like to think otherwise]], WordOfGod insists that he's just an asshole with [[FreudianExcuse no justification]]. This is somewhat muddled by the fact that he becomes nice when he's drunk. One example of this is when Ethan quits the store and walks out. Mike calls after him to wait, making it seem like he wants him to stay... then simply kicks him in the nuts. "Okay, ''now'' you can go".
* Webcomic/EightBitTheater ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' ''BLACK MAGE.'' He subverts any and all attempts to redeem himself. He found in the Castle of Ordeals that the only thing that could possibly represent the weight of his sins was... himself. He then began to remind his 'evil' self of further atrocities that he had recently accomplished, thus making his doppelganger grow even more powerful, until even it started thinking like Black Mage himself. BM then killed it with a sneak attack, and wondered for a moment if killing the personification of his sins meant that he had cleansed his soul. He then promptly absorbed all the powers of his evil self, gleefully lampshading the fact that this would deny him any chance of redemption later. [[ScrewYourself He then had sex with the corpse]], solely because he wanted to find a way to turn self-love into a crime. Wow.


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* In ''WebComic/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'', Phoebe asks Dakota why she bullies her. Turns out that there is no reason for it (beyond mere malice) or [[FreudianExcuse deep-rooted psychological issue that motivates her]]- she's just a jerk who doesn't care or think about how she hurts others. And she's equally cruel to her "friends".


* Benjamin Hares, the estranged husband of Grace Glossy from ''Fanfic/OldWest''. He charmed Grace to rush with him to the altar, but then he suddenly left his pregnant wife penniless to escape the debts he had hoarded as a ConMan. Ten years later, he suddenly appears back to her doorstep, acting like he's sorry and wants a chance to make up things with Grace and their son. He then tries to sell Grace's lands behind her back, claiming he wants what's best for her, but in reality it's just so that the BigBad would settle his debts. When Grace confronts him, he destroys any credibility of sincerity by returning to his old ways of [[NeverMyFault trying to guilt-trip Grace over his own undoings]]. When she tells him they're done and tries to throw him out, [[DomesticAbuser he assaults her without shame]], proving himself worse than just a liar and a coward. [[spoiler:It leads to his [[AssholeVictim well-earned death]] at the vengeful fangs of Rattlesnake Jake.]]

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* Benjamin Hares, the estranged husband of Grace Glossy from ''Fanfic/OldWest''. He charmed Grace to rush with him to the altar, but then he suddenly left his pregnant wife penniless to escape the debts he had hoarded as a ConMan. Ten years later, he suddenly appears back to her doorstep, acting like he's sorry and wants a chance to make up things with Grace and their son. He then tries to sell Grace's lands behind her back, claiming he wants what's best for her, but in reality it's just so that the BigBad would settle his debts. When Grace confronts him, he destroys any credibility of sincerity by returning to his old ways of [[NeverMyFault trying to guilt-trip Grace over his own undoings]]. When she tells him they're done and tries to throw him out, [[DomesticAbuser [[DomesticAbuse he assaults her without shame]], proving himself worse than just a liar and a coward. [[spoiler:It leads to his [[AssholeVictim well-earned death]] at the vengeful fangs of Rattlesnake Jake.]]


* Pete in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. Sometimes he may seem almost nice, but it's ultimately overwhelmed by his selfishness. He doesn't even bother to cross his fingers before making a promise he plans to break. He almost never has any PetTheDog moments that aren't subverted except [[PapaWolf when his family are in danger]], and even then, he goes back to mistreating them and everyone else around him afterward.

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* Pete in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. Sometimes he may seem almost nice, but it's ultimately overwhelmed by his selfishness. He doesn't even bother to cross his fingers before making a promise he plans to break. He almost never has any PetTheDog moments that aren't subverted except [[PapaWolf when his family are in danger]], and even then, [[AesopAmnesia he goes back to mistreating them and everyone else around him afterward.]]

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